The term, cancer, refers to a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells that damage the body’s systems and organs. Possible signs of cancer include a lump, abnormal bleeding, prolonged cough, and unexplained weight loss, however, these symptoms can also result from other causes.
The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2016, more than 15.5 million people currently had or have had cancer in the U.S. They also cite more than 1.5 million expected new cases of cancer in 2017, with 13% of cancer in adults potentially being rare types.
While mainstream science, cancer research funding organizations, and Big Pharma may argue that there is no medical cure for cancer, homeopathic medicine may suggest otherwise. In fact, some studies suggest that [homeopathic] remedies reverse or stabilize 40% of all cancers without the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Over 100 types of cancers affect humans, but Tobacco alone accounts for 22% of cancer deaths. Diet, lack of exercise, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for 10%, and infections such as hepatitis B and C as well as HPV can lead to cancer, accounting for nearly 20% of cancer deaths.
The [WHO] suggests that cancer is the leading cause of death, surpassing heart disease. They cite various physical, chemical, and biological carcinogens including radiation, asbestos, tobacco, aflatoxin, arsenic, and certain viruses, bacteria, and parasites can lead to cancer. Aging is associated with cancer risk. It’s thought that the accumulation of risks for specific cancers and failing cellular repair mechanisms are the cause of the correlation.
According to a study analyzing treatments from 3 databases, the most prevalent cancers in male survivors were prostate, colorectal, and melanoma. In females, it was breast, uterine corpus, and colon and rectum cancers.
Cancer affects a multitude of organs and systems in the body and the normal treatment corresponds to each unique case. Doctors may offer a variety of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or stem cell transplants.
The study revealed that therapies used on childhood cancer survivors increased their long-term risk of serious health conditions. Long-term side effects of colon cancer treatments in survivors were listed as bowel dysfunction, bladder problems, and increased risk of second primary cancers.
Chest radiation used to treat Leukemia and Lymphoma increases the risk of heart and coronary disease, and anthracyclines used to treat them is actually cardiotoxic. 10 to 15 percent of patients with melanoma treated with ipilimumab experience serious autoimmune-related side effects, which can be fatal. In prostate cancer survivors, acute side effects of surgery and radiation included incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and bowel complications, and increased the risk of anemia, osteoporosis, and metabolic syndrome.
It may be noted that prevention may be the best way to approach cancer. Diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle can drastically decrease the risk of developing many types of cancer. That being said, let’s look at how medical marijuana is being studied as a potential cancer treatment.
A report entitled, “Anticancer mechanisms of cannabinoids” published in Current Oncology in 2016 summarized by stating that cannabinoids induce tumor cell death and inhibit tumor angiogenesis, and act similarly in patients with glioblastoma. They concluded that given cannabinoids acceptable safety profile and evidence of potential, clinical trials are warranted and urgently needed.
An extensive study on [cannabinoids] and cancer from The National Institute of health concluded by saying,
“There is a strong agreement that pharmacological targeting of the endocannabinoid system is emerging as one of the most promising new methods for reducing the progression of cancer.”
These types of studies and many more are finding that medical marijuana’s active compounds may actually halt the progression and development of cancer. Normally, we associate marijuana with cancer patients with appetite stimulation, but recent research is finding out that CBD may be helpful in preventing and treating cancer itself.
While the federal government continues to deny marijuana as a safe medicine, this link will take you to 21 research papers that disagree. Big Pharma has a fortune invested in cancer research, trying to isolate and patent everything in sight that might potentially be a cure. The global market for cancer medicines is expected to exceed $150 billion by 2020, so don’t expect a cure from them anytime soon.
The prevention approach is highly recommended in regards to cancer. Investigate how foods, herbs, seeds, and other natural resources can help fight cancer as well as healthy lifestyle. Also, consider medical marijuana in a variety of administrations to help prevent the growth of tumors and manage pain, inflammation, and anxiety associated with the condition. Checks out the strains linked below that have been reported as effective for many cancer patients and survivors.
· [[Afghan Widow]]
· [[Alpine Blue]]
· [[Amnesia Haze]]
· [[Berry Noir]]
· [[Black Cherry OG]]
· [[Blue God]]
· [[Blue Lights]]
· [[Blueberry Diesel]]
· [[Brand X]]
· [[Carl Sagan]]
· [[Chery Durban Poison]]
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